Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Mark sable (grounded, fearless, hazed, supergirl) has a new book coming out that i colored some covers for. The book is called unthinkable, and I'm pretty excited for it.

UNTHINKABLE is edgy spy thriller with roots in a controversial, real-world government initiative. Shortly after September 11, 2001, the Defense Department commissioned "think tanks" comprised of some of America's most darkly imaginitive writers. Since the 9-11 attacks seemed like something out of a Tom Clancy novel, the Pentagon asked these writers to come up with worst case terrorist scenarios. Their hope was that if our best writers could come up with these nightmare plots first, we could devise defenses before our terrorist enemies thought about, let alone planned, the next 9/11.

UNTHINKABLE tells the story of Alan Ripley, a (fictional) writer who joins this real life think tank, only to find that the devious terror attacks he imagined have started to come true. Realizing someone is using his imagination as a blueprint for terror, it's up to Ripley and his fellow Think Tank members to stop these unthinkable attacks they unwittingly planned from becoming reality.

I hope this Wednesday, when you walk into your local comic shop, you'll ask your retailer to pre-order the first issue by giving them the pre-order code of MAR094127. If my pitch isn't enough to convince you, than I'm hoping that THE UNTHINKABLE ARG (Altered Reality Game) will. I think this is the first time something like this has ever hit comics.

An "ARG "is an interactive, online game that uses the real world as a platform. The UNTHINKABLE ARG, created by mark and a marketing team headed by BOOM!'s Chip Mosher, is the world's first ARG for a comic book. Starting now, by going to, you can sign up to apply for an intelligence position in The Wolfpack, a (fictional) Private Military Contractor. Next week, those of you who are accepted into the Wolfpack's training program will be tasked to search the internet for clues that can help them apprehend the dangerous characters in the book.

At the very least, the ARG is a way to get the kind of supplementary material found in books like Watchmen to readers for free. More than that, it gives you a chance to interact with UNTHINKABLE'S fictional players in a very real way. I've spent nearly as much time crafting the game as I have the comic, integrating the world of UNTHINKABLE into our own. It's completely free to play, and there's a tangible prize for the winner(s).

I'm looking forward to it, you should be too.

1 comment:

joshua said...

that game sounds cool. i like the look of the cover.